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Thank you yet again for the chance to escape reality, like many of the other correspondents on your site I have read the majority of your works, and have just enjoyed Gallows thief (after purchasing via a special offer in Sainsburys) please let us have more adventures a start another series!! in all your spare time! Mark


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Imagine my suprise when visiting a bookshop before Christmas and seeing your paperback "A Crowning Mercy" on the shelf. Well, gotta say , fantastic book....the ending was amazing!. Looking forwad to the next great read! Owe Phillips


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I recently saw a screenshot of an upcoming Arthurian film in the Daily Mirror. There were no details about the film other than Ray Winstone plays Bors and there was a screenshot of Guinevere in battle. Is this film in any way connected to your Warlord chronicles? Many thanks for giving me hours of enthralling reading, long may it continue. Neil Cooper

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No, no connection.


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It all started with a friend of mine telling me about a book he had that was something to do about an English archer and his long bow. Got that book and before I knew it, blasted through it, through Stonehenge, through 3 books about Arthur, through Red Coat, through Gallows and onto Vagabond and then onto a series about a smart mouthed, head strong, yankee who was fighting for the south and doing a damn good good job of it!! Oh yeah, made time for Heretic too!!! All this before I even stopped to investigate the author. This Bernard Cornwell. That I suppose is the power of your writing. I was truly blown away. I had never read that voraciously in my life. I know what you're thinking, Where is Sharpe? Truth be told, everything in my life after work was on hold while I read all those books!!! I am itching to get into the Sharpe series and very well will. I just know it is going to be a journey, a long one. Besides that, I now need to get some reading glasses!!! My eyes are wore out!!! Anyhow, thank you for defying the system that would not give you a work permit!! As it turns out, it was a gift to all of us who have read and will continue to read your books. MORE STARBUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It is time for Nate to ride again. I hope you agree!! Brian Cummings


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Hi Mr. Cornwell, Just wanted to say the Sharpe series is great. I'm about halfway through them for the first time, and I think the stories are riveting, the battles intense, and your writing style always a pleasure to read. I'm a bit of a writer myself (you probably hear that a lot), and I was digging through some books on the shelf trying to see how different authors start their novels. Well, I pick one of my wife's suspense novels up and half fall asleep after the 1st paragraph. Then I pick up Sharpe's Tiger, and I'm into page 5 or 6 before I realize what I'm doing! Anyway, excellent series. Look forward to reading all the Sharpe books and your Hundred Years War series, of which I just bought the first book. Thanks! -Scott


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Further to my e-mail of December about Wellington's plaque in Salamanca. The Times yesterday Jan 7 had an article about a proposed road through the battlefield. A bypass around the Arrapilles. Also a local archaeologist was having problems with uncovered grave pits. Thought you might be interested. Happy New Year. Nigel James

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How terrible! I was there last year and there is a newish road that runs well east of the Arapiles - I can't think they'll cut across that part of the battlefield because it ain't on the way to anywhere. Still - if anyone has the Times article I'd love to know more.


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I feel really strong that you should make your "Warlord series" (about Arthur and Derfel) into movies... I think that they are the best books I've ever read in my entire life!! and I'm serious they are amazing, but anyways... I would love it if you made the series into a movie... I would watch them all maybe 20 times... please try thank you. Neil

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Thanks Neil, I would love it too. But I'm not a filmmaker, so it's up to someone else to try.


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Hi Bernard (I hope you don't mind the familiarity, but after all these years..........) I am so pleased to find your web site and to get this opportunity to thank you for the years of pleasure your work has given me. I have a young family and a busy working life, which reduces the time I have for reading, other than talking books in the car (William Gaminara is my favourite "Sharpe" reader). However, I do enjoy saving your books for uninterupted reading on holiday, despite the protestations of my wife at the "wasted" space in our bags, taken up by all of the hard cover books!! I have such admiration for the way you bring your characters to life and place them in such historically detailed environments. I have been a fan of historical fiction for over 35 years and very few authors come close to you, although recent books indicate they are learning from you. Once again thank you. Well that's it, sorry its so sycophantic but I just wanted you to hear the applause of one of your happy readers. Best wishes John Rathbone

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Many thanks for your kind words.


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Dear Mr. Cornwell , Happy New Year ! My wife and I had the pleasure of meeting you at Hatchards in Oct.. This is the first time I have ever written a "fan" letter. I'm writing because your books have given me many hours of enjoyment. I devoured the Sharpe series as soon as they were available. Like many fans I look forward to the next "Starbuck" novel. You do a marvelous job in capturing the American Civil War. I am a recently retired NYPD Detective and your books have been a welcome distraction from the harsh realities of Law enforcement. Especially after 9/11. I lost a number of friends and collegues and worked the recovery. Thank you for your wonderful stories. Keep up the good work! I am a budding playwrite, and find inspiration in good stories and great diologue wherever I find it. Particularly in your books. Oh, and sorry about the Redsox this past year, and congratulations on The Mighty Patriots!! Great win last night! Yes, my wife and I were thrilled to be speaking with you about The Sox and The Pats. We are METS fans, but have affection for those two teams. Go PATS!! Thank you for your time and I look forward to reading more of your works in the future and perhaps meeting you again. Sincerely, Patrick

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Hello Patrick, nice to hear from you - thanks for writing. I hope we will meet again.


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Dear Mr. Cornwell. I just want to say that your Warlord Chronicles rate amongst the best novels I have ever read. I recently resat my Higher English exam and used your novels as a study point. After lending them to my lecturer he became a fan overnight. Many thanks for the hours of entertainment. Keep up the great work! Michael Gillan